New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday evening stated that the country has recorded 508 more COVID-19 positive cases and 13 deaths in the last 24 hours. Also Read - Coronavirus: Jaydev Unadkat And Family Donate to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic
Issuing a statement, the ministry said that the total positive cases in the country have gone up to 4,789 (including 4312 active cases, 353 cured/discharged/migrated people and 124 deaths). The ministry also stated that the death toll due to the COVID-19 in country has gone up to 124. Also Read - Cyberattacks on Rise at Most Firms Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: Report
1) Addressing a press conference, the ministry officials, earlier in the day, said cluster containment strategies and action plans for outbreaks, which are amenable to management, are giving required results in some areas like Agra, Gautam Budh Nagar, Bhilwara, East Delhi and Mumbai. Also Read - Here's Why Social Distancing is Crucial For Curbing Spread of Coronavirus
2) According to a study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), one COVID-19 patient can infect 406 people in 30 days if he/she does not follow lockdown or social distancing.
3) In the wake of the rising cases of the virus, a number of state governments as well as experts are requesting the Central government to extend the nationwide coronavirus lockdown beyond April 14, and the Centre is thinking in this direction as well.
4) After news reports surfaced that a tiger has been infected with the coronavirus, BJP MP Maneka Gandhi said that cats can’t spread or get coronavirus. “If you have seen on TV that some tiger in one zoo has got the disease. Remember this, a cat is not a tiger. There is no relationship. Your cats are completely safe to be around,” she said.
5) The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday said that at least 100 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported from Mumbai, taking the total number of the affected people so far to 590.
6) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said that dealing with COVID-19 is like fighting a war wherein an unknown enemy is making the battle more complicated and challenging every day. He also added that his government is leaving no stone unturned in procuring adequate life-saving equipment, including ventilators, PPE kits, N-95 masks and expanding bed capacity of isolation wards.
7) The Punjab government has said that wheat growers will be checked for influenza-like symptoms and they will have to wear masks when they bring crop to mandis for procurement. The exercise will start from April 15. As per updates, the guidelines were being prepared to ensure that the mandis were protected from COVID-19.
8) Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday urged Muslims to strictly follow the guidelines on lockdown and social distancing on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat by offering prayers and performing other religious rituals at their homes.
9) Odisha government on Tuesday issued an order, urging houseowners not to lock down humanity during the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. The development comes after two nurses working in a private hospital were evicted from their rented houses on Tuesday. “Please do not lock down humanity even as human beings are locked down due to COVID-19 outbreak,” the state government said.
10) In another development, a fresh clash erupted on Tuesday among some doctors and pharmacists at the district hospital in Bahraich allegedly over social-distancing norms being violated, leading to paramedical staff boycotting work which disrupted services for a few hours.
The country is at present under the 21-day lockdown since March 25 with only essential services exempted to contain the fast-spreading virus, which has claimed more than 75,800 lives and afflicted over 13.5 lakh people across 183 countries.